The Virginia Down Syndrome Association hosts several annual fundraising events to help our community connect and grow.  From our Step UP for Down Syndrome events, Annual Gala, T21 Golf Tournament, and other community gatherings, we strive to ensure our network and outreach is sustained and positioned to grow so we can continue to serve families and individuals with Down syndrome.

If you have any interest in sponsoring or being a part of any of our events, please contact Alison Markow at

For more information, contact Alison Markow:

Rock Your Socks 2024

On March 21st every year, people all over the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, fun, silly socks.  The date is symbolic because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome, and socks were chosen because the Ds chromosomes look like mismatched socks! 

On March 21, 2024, Virginia Down Syndrome Association will join businesses, schools, and organizations everywhere to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by rocking our socks! 

Anyone can participate!  Whether you are an individual, family, small business, large organization, or school, you can purchase fun socks from VDSA.  You can then distribute them however you like!  Here are some fun ideas: 

  • Businesses can purchase socks to give or sell to their employees to wear and have a fun, team-building day on March 21st.   
  • Organizations and businesses can purchase socks to sell at their location to patients, customers, or clients.  
  • Schools can purchase socks and have their students create a fun contest for which classrooms have the most students wearing fun, silly socks! 
  • Families can purchase socks to give to their hairdresser, mechanic, dentist, doctor, neighbors, etc. 
  • Individuals can purchase socks to wear and bring awareness to this awesome day! 

The next step is to wear your socks on 3/21 and be sure to take pictures, post on social media and tag us!  The goal is to bring awareness to this day and celebrate individuals with Ds.   

Still have questions?  Check out: FAQ Page

Ready to get your Socks?  Order Here

We have lots of socks to sort and ship!  Volunteer to help us at the VDSA Office in the next few weeks.  Sign up HERE

For more information or to be a sponsor, contact Alison Markow:

Step UP Charlottesville 2024

Sunday, April 21, 2024

1:00-4:00 p.m.–Piedmont YMCA

151 McIntire Park Dr. Charlottesville, 22902

Join us for a Family Festival including Food, Music, Inflatables, Face Painting,

Community Resource Fair, Silent Auction & More!

Click HERE to register

Dancing with the Local Stars Gala

Thursday, June 13th 

Save the Date!

For more information or to be a sponsor, contact Alison Markow:

T21 Golf Tournament

2023 Golf Tournament was a success!

Thank you to all who sponsored and joined us on the course.

Details coming for the 2024 Tournament in early 2024.

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What we do is only possible with the help of people just like you.